17 May, 2013 - 08:24

Beckham announced retirement from football

Beckham announced retirement from football

38-year-old David Beckham has been offered a one year extension to his deal by Paris Saint-Germain however he opted to end his football career.

Before hanging up his boots Becks will play against Lorient at Stade du Moustoir which turns out to be his final game.

Beckham clinched league titles in four countries – in England with Man Utd, in Spain with Real Madrid, in USA with LA Galaxy and, finally, in France with PSG.

Beckham enjoyed his best years at Manchester United, making his debut at the age of 17 in 1992 and winning six Premier League titles and Champions League trophy, before moving to Real Madrid where he helped the Spanish side to win La Liga title in final year of his four-year stay. Then he made a switch to LA Galaxy, contributing to the raise of the profile of the sport in the USA and claiming two MLS titles before joining PSG, which proved his last hurrah.

The star midfielder has also earned 115 cap for England national team (the result which makes him second record-capped player behind Peter Shilton), playing at three World Cups.

Beckham said in statement: “I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.”

“If you had told me as a young boy, I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.

“To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country.

“I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country.

“I’m honored to represent England both on and off the pitch… I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.”

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Author: Basil Naumov

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